(Diseases of the Heart Muscle)


Cardiomyopathy may be congenital, present at birth, or acquired, which develops during the person’s lifetime.

You’re more likely to develop cardiomyopathy if you have one or more of the following risk factors:

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • A condition that previously threatened your heart, such as coronary artery disease (CAD) or a heart attack
  • A family history of cardiomyopathy, heart failure, or sudden cardiac arrest
  • Diabetes or other metabolic disorders
  • Obesity
  • A virus that damaged your heart
  • Alcoholism